With a World Cup around the corner, competition for places in the England squad is hotting up.
One of the most intense battles for squad positions is upfront as: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck, Jermaine Defoe, Andy Carroll and Tammy Abraham all do battle to be on the plane to Russia.
One other striker that could find himself in Gareth Southgate’s squad is Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge. Despite being England’s main man in the 2014 World Cup, Sturridge has failed to play regular football for Liverpool because of almost constant injury troubles.
Sturridge, now fit again, still finds himself on the Liverpool bench, behind Roberto Firmino and fellow World Cup hopeful Dominic Solanke in the pecking order. Therefore, if Sturridge was to find himself going to Russia, it would be in his best interests to find a move away from Liverpool to ensure he is playing regular first-team football in April/May. This is a move he is considering, according to The Mirror.
There has been some Premier League interest in Sturridge’s services, however, the most likely destination for Sturridge in January is Spain with teams such as Real Betis and Valencia interested in his services. A move abroad would be a risk for the striker, yet, it may be his only option to play regular football.
At the minute, it is unlikely that Sturridge will play at the World Cup with the vast amounts of options England have upfront, with most of these all playing regular Premier League football. Therefore, Spain is an ideal place for Sturridge to get game time and score goals before heading to the World Cup.